Vans Made Easy

The following is a simple guide to the many different types of light commercial vans available and an explanation of the jargon used. LVC can supply you contract hire or leasing on any van up to 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight with any specification you require.

Approximate payload and volume variances
Microvan Good for multi-drop work around towns/cities,
ie florists, grocers etc
Diahatsu Hijet, Suzuki Supercarry Payload = 630-675kg
Volume = 2.1-2.9 cubic metres
Car Derived Van
Car Derived Van Light deliveries, ie courier firms or small engineering contractors. Built on same chassis
as equivalent car model
Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa, Renault Clio, Fiat Punto
Payload = 319-460kg
Volume = 0.9-1.6 cubic metres
Citroen Berlingo, Ford Courier, Vauxhall Combo, Renault Kangoo
Payload = 505-800kg
Volume = 2.5-3.0 cubic metres
Panel Van
Panel Van Larger than CDVs. Commonly used by food industry, electricians, plumbers and delivery firms. There are many models available with different engine derivatives and to keep this guide as simple as possible only a few makes have been shown Small
Ford Transit, Nissan Vanette, Mercedes Vito, Citroen Despatch
Payload = 815-1060kg
Volume = 4.0-5.1 cubic metres
Ford Transit, Citroen Relay, Renault Master, Mercedes Sprinter, LDV Convoy
Payload = 987-1555kg
Volume = 5.1-8.0 cubic metres 
Ford Transit, Fiat Ducato, Renault Master, Mercedes Sprinter, Citroen Relay, LDV Convoy
Payload = 1430-1667kg
Volume = 7.2-13.9 cubic metres    
Pickup Construction sites, garden centres and anything that needs quick and easy access to load area Nissan Pickup, Mitsubishi Pickup, Vauxhall Brava, Toyota Hi-Lux, Ford Ranger Payload = 870-1645kg
Dropside Larger load carriers than pickups. Suitable for anything that needs quick and easy access to
load area
Nissan Cabstar, Ford Transit, LDV Pilot and Convoy Payload = 1410-1645kg
Chassis Cabs
Chassis Cab Basic shell of a van that can then be built to
your specification
Citroen, Ford, Fiat, Isuzu, Iveco. LDV, Mercedes, Peugeot, Renault Varies



Jargon Buster

GVW Gross Vehicle Weight means the total weight of the vehicle including payload and 75kg for the driver
Payload The amount the vehicle can carry including the driver
Volume The total amount of space available for loading
Lining kit Fitted to the interior of the load area preventing damage to the vehicle bodywork
Bulkhead A dividing unit fitted between the driver and the load area for safety /security usually made from wood or metal
Width measurements Given at the narrowest point (between wheel arches inside vehicle)
SWB Short wheelbase
MWB Medium wheelbase
LWB Long wheelbase
Refrigeration unit Cooling system fitment
Tail lift Lifting mechanism fitted to rear of vehicle to assist in lifting
Chassis cab Basic floor plan of a van ready for conversion to your choice